on the beach

at first sight old
older than you and me
much older
Walking hand in hand
as we might from time to time
in moments unconnected by conversation
they stopped momentarily
so she could stoop to pick up a pebble
or a shell, or a flint, or to investigate
a wave-shined glint of something
that caught her imagination
as he waited to be shown her find
at first sight old
older than you and me
but now not at all
not as old as fossilised sea urchins
not as ancient as bellemnite-bored chalk
they were just like us
two more children
playing by the sea

~

CLP 11/10/2021

on the island

caught against a wall
colour diluted by headlights
fox trotting through town

~

n.b. Foxes in Portsmouth scavenge by night, gulls by day.

CLP 06/10/2021

on the sea

ocean green tides shift
stones, open cliffs, crack concrete
we'll return to it

~

CLP 05/10/2021

on autumn iii

it's been so still
humid air weighing on us all
weary from sleepless nights
from self-medicated sleep
from restless waking
from waking alone

and now the leaves move
trees sigh at their relief
the wind tunes up
wheezy gaps in windows and doors ajar
asthmatic whistling of telephone cables
clinking lines on masts
waves thick enough to roll the shingle
to slap the seawall
spit over its parapet
and bounce back to sea

this cool sou'westerly
freshens up the air
brings on the rain
brings me sleep
alone or not

~

CLP 04/10/2021

on autumn ii

abundance of fruit
kaleidoscope of colour
excess of weather

~

CLP 04/10/2021

on autumn

here she comes
bowling in, late again
unapologetic, slamming doors
throwing her rain-drenched coat on the hallway floor
yes, beautiful colours
striking markings
your beauty gets you off the hook
eventually
after the initial shock of your abrupt arrival
and a cup of tea
we'll snuggle down
wrap up all cosy
relish the dark evenings
together

~

CLP 01/10/2021

on dusk

Sun barely abed
when with a gleam in his eyes
fat orange Moon wakes

n.b. Jupiter and her offspring were on their way home too. A busy hour or so around the horizon as the autumn equinox hoves into view.

CLP 22/09/2021

on swimming

break the cool surface
feel it slide up your body?
yes, you're beautiful

~

CLP 21/09/2021

Man-made

blocks lined-up from blue-prints
radiate back late summer heat
deny sleep

~

CLP 07/09/2021

Unseen

did you feel
the tide turn
the new moon rise
something shift inside

~

CLP 06/09/2021